Day 23, Friday 29 September
Figeac to Entraygues-sur-Truyère
Feeling: Good! Great day’s cycling.
First job – shop for picnic:
Doug and I decided at the last minute to take a slightly more northerly route to avoid the steep hill out of Figeac. It was a great decision. We cycled up the Célé valley to Bagnac-sur-Célé in absolutely perfect conditions: Autumn sunshine, no wind, and piercingly clear light. After a coffee stop at Bagnac we turned south and climbed about 1000 ft up to the ridge that divides the Célé and the Lot valleys. But it was a gentle climb compared to the original plan, so was fairly easy going. Once we reached the top we had fine views out over the Aveyron. It was then a long freewheel down to the Lot.
There was then about a 37k ride up the Lot valley to Entraygues but the road followed the river very closely, so no steep climbs. We ate our picnic in a shady spot at Saint-Parthem, and stopped for some photo opportunities.
At Entraygues we are staying in a fifteenth century house run as a B&B by an English couple – she’s from Putney and he’s from Tooting. Small world. The house is extraordinary. The original door opens from the street, through an arch, and into a courtyard from where you climb external stairs to the living rooms.
The main living rooms have ceilings which must be 15ft high and the original floors and cupboards. Astonishing place. We love it – but daren’t even ask about the heating bill.